Nestling on the banks of the River Dordogne is La Roque-Gageac. You're sure to know the name of this village, which is one of the most visited in France. And we can only recommend that you come and stroll around this absolutely delightful place. What's more, La Roque-Gageac has plenty of surprises and activities in store. Follow the guide to visit theone of the most beautiful villages in the Périgord Noir, not far from Sarlat, Domme and Castelnaud!

A stroll through the narrow streets of the village of La Roque-Gageac, between the river and the cliffs

A 120-metre cliff overlooks La Roque-Gageac, offering magnificent views for all nature lovers. One of these can be admired from the Roque-Gageac fort. Built into the rock face of the cliff, everything was designed to keep it out of the hands of invaders, but rest assured that today a staircase gives you access to the ramparts, archways and gunports. The view of the Dordogne flowing beneath your feet is simply incredible!

La Roque-Gageac is situated on the edge of one of the many cingles of the Dordogne (in the South West, a cingle is a meander in the river). This jewel of the Black Périgord is built into the side of a cliff more than 100 metres high, giving you an unrivalled view of the sea. very nice view of the river throughout your visit to the village.

An exotic garden at La Roque-Gageac, on the banks of the Dordogne river

A surprise awaits you in the heart of the village, below the Tarde manor house, on the path leading to the church. You'll discover the exotic garden, a path lined with bamboo, palm trees and even banana trees. These plants have found a climate in the Dordogne that is conducive to their development, giving La Roque-Gageac the look of a tropical paradise.

Admire the houses of La Roque-Gageac along the Dordogne river

If you're arriving by road from Sarlat, you can start by walking through the narrow streets of the village of La Roque-Gageac. You'll see the typical Périgord houses, with their brown tiles giving a distinctive look to the roofs. 

You can also admire the Périgord lauze roof of the 14th-century church of Notre-Dame.e century. Have we ever told you about the colour of the stones? It's particularly warm thanks to its golden hue.

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Château de la Malartrie, the other jewel in the crown of La Roque-Gageac

Château de la Malartrie, the other jewel in the crown of La Roque-Gageac. Château de la Malartrie was founded in the 12th century as a hospital for lepers. Since then, it has undergone a number of transformations, notably in the 19th century, when it acquired the Rennaissance style that it still displays today. Today, it is a family home that can be rented. From the château's main courtyard, there is an exceptional view of the river and also of the village of La Roque-Gageac and its cliffs. Now it's time to get up high and admire the panoramic view over the Dordogne valley!

A gabarre cruise on the Dordogne from La Roque-Gageac: a must for your stay in the Périgord Noir

If you can plan an outing on a gabarre, we don't think you'll forget it in a hurry! This boat, typical of the west coast of France, was used to transport barrels of wine, as well as construction and agricultural products. Around 1850, more than 60 % of goods traded between Bergerac and Bordeaux were carried by gabarre. jigs. 

Nowadays, this beautiful flat-bottomed boat allows you to enjoy a different view of La Roque-Gageac from the river. It's also a great way to cool off when it gets too hot on the banks of the Dordogne. You're bound to enjoy a cruise through this unique site in France.

Must-sees around La Roque-Gageac

There are a number of exceptional places to visit in the Dordogne valley. Here is a selection of châteaux, gardens and parks in the Périgord Noir near La Roque-Gageac :

  • Sarlat and its exceptional Périgord heritage;
  • Domme and its breathtaking views over the Dordogne valley ;
  • The gardens of Marqueyssac are unique in the region;
  • Château de Beynac overlooking the Dordogne ;
  • Castelnaud-la-Chapelle castle and its war machines;
  • The Château des Milandes and its parks, dear to Joséphine Baker.

In this small area less than 20 km wide, you can discover sites that are unique in France!

And to make the most of your holiday, don't hesitate to ask the Tourist Office for a guide to take you on a guided tour. They can also provide information on other leisure activities such as markets, canoeing or even troglodytic sites.

 

The same advice applies if you're looking for quiet accommodation or a campsite in the villages of the Dordogne valley, near La Roque-Gageac: the Tourist Office will give you the best addresses.

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